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Emphasis Areas

All students pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree must select an emphasis area as a specialization to their graduate degree.

The School of Nursing offers the following areas of emphasis:

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This emphasis area prepares students to provide evidence-based, safe, quality patient-centered care in a variety of chronic, acute, and emergent care settings. The graduate will be eligible to take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Follow this link to the electronic catalog entry for the DNP AGACNP program: Online Catalog, DNP AGACNP.

The online catalog provides a program overview, curriculum information (including expected coursework and clinical hour requirements), learning outcomes, and accreditation details.

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner

This emphasis area prepares students to provide evidence-based, safe, quality patient-centered care in a variety of chronic, acute, and emergent settings. Students will also be prepared for primary care practice across the lifespan. The graduate will be eligible to take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination and Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Follow this link to the electronic catalog entry for the DNP AGACNP/FNP program: Online Catalog, DNP AGACNP/FNP.

The online catalog provides a program overview, curriculum information (including expected coursework and clinical hour requirements), learning outcomes, and accreditation details.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This emphasis area prepares students to provide evidence-based patient-centered care psychiatric and mental health patients across the lifespan. The graduate will be eligible to take the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Follow this link to the electronic catalog entry for the DNP PMHNP program: Online Catalog, DNP PMHNP.

The online catalog provides a program overview, curriculum information (including expected coursework and clinical hour requirements), learning outcomes, and accreditation details. 

The Population Health emphasis is only available to students in the Master of Science (MS) Pathway, meaning students must have a Master of Science with a major in Nursing before beginning any coursework.

This emphasis areas covers skills necessary for community assessment and engagement, policy and program development, budgeting, and management to drive change in health problems. 

Follow this link to the electronic catalog entry for the MS-DNP Population Health program: Online Catalog, MS-DNP Population Health.

The online catalog provides a program overview, curriculum information (including expected coursework and clinical hour requirements), learning outcomes, and accreditation details.

Post-Master Certification

Students seeking Post-Master Certification in a Program who already have a nursing graduate degree are evaluated on an individual basis.

Their plan of study is based on their academic credentials. The Colorado State University-Pueblo requirements state that a student must complete a minimum of 15 postgraduate credit hours to be eligible for a Post-Master Certification.

Core courses must be completed to meet the mandates of the Colorado State Board of Nursing for Advanced Nursing Practice. A total of 500 clinical hours must be documented for each nurse practitioner emphasis.

The student's plan is developed based on the academic coursework already completed. Post-Master Certification can be earned in all emphasis areas.

Core Courses

Summer 2022

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$500 Scholarship Opportunity

Advising for summer courses is open. New and current students are eligible for a $500 summer scholarship if enrolled in 9 or more summer credits. 

Summer Scholarship Interest Form

Schedule Advising

Registration is Open

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Registration for both summer and fall courses is open for continuing students. Students can register for classes in self-service Banner or reference the following instructions and resources.

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